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Magnus Karlberg, Director of the Faste Laboratory at Luleå University of Technology. Photo: Ted Karlsson.

Top marks for excellent research

Published: 8 January 2015

The Faste Laboratory at Luleå University of Technology, is a VINN Excellence Center that conducts research on functional products, gets top marks in VINNOVA's international evaluation of Stage 3.

A sustainable society requires new ways of doing business. In the Faste Laboratory, methods, tools, processes and business models for companies that swithces from selling products to deliver function is being developed. The supplier is responsible for the availability of a particular function and self owns the hardware and software, support systems and operations management throughout the life cycle. The approach represents a paradigm shift and creates new incentives and opportunities for sustainable growth.

– VINNOVA highlights the results that our researchers developed in collaboration with industry to support a transition to the delivery of functional products and the benefits from that research is now being implemented in our partner companies, says Magnus Karlberg, Associate Professor in Computer Aided Design and Director of the Faste Laboratory.

"The Centre is an excellent example of a VINN Excellence Centre performing at a highly satisfactory level at the end of Stage 3," VINNOVA states in the evaluation. The Faste Laboratory is also praised for its work in gender equality. The systematic follow-up of publications and events where researchers disseminates the findings to industry and the public is also praised by the international evaluation team. In VINNOVA 17 WIN Excellence Center, dynamic, internationally competitive research and networking needs-driven and multi-disciplinary research are being built. Collaboration with industry is key to success when new knowledge is converted into new technologies and new products, processes and services on the market.

Text: Åsa Svedjeholm


Magnus Karlberg

Karlberg, Magnus - Professor

Organisation: Machine Design, Product and Production Development, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics
Phone: +46 (0)920 492418
Room: E218g - Luleå»